Are you job hunting? Let's say you're thinking of moving to the Galilee and you're worried about finding work. After all, one of the reasons most people live in the centre of the country is because that's where most of the jobs are, right? This doesn't mean you can't make a go of it in "the peripheries". But you may just have to think out of the box - there may be more options open to you than you thought!
Here are some suggestions to help you with your job hunting - I've divided them into three categories ...
1. For Techies
Many hi-tech companies have offices in the north, particularly Haifa, Karmiel and Tefen Industrial Park. Some of the most well-known ones are Microsoft, Intel, Google, Yahoo and Hewlett Packard. But there are also many smaller companies and start-ups.
Or if you don't mind commuting sometimes, you can work for a company based in the center of the country but work from home (or from your laptop) part of the time - you may not need to be physically in the office every day.
If you're job hunting for teaching jobs, you should get in touch with the Ministry of Education to see what qualifications you need. Did you know that English teachers are in short supply in public schools in Israel - and especially in the north?
For more information about teaching English in the public school system, contact Dr Judy Steiner, who is the Ministry of Education Inspector for English Language Teaching in Israel. Email: email@example.com
If you're an immigrant teacher or if you want to retrain as as an English teacher in the north of the country, contact Yulia Tomchinsky at the Ministry of Education. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also give private tuition (there are usually noticeboards outside schools where you can advertise yourself) or teach adults (and children) to speak English in one of the private English schools like Berlitz or Wall Street.
Are you a doctor, nurse or therapist? Here is a list of the main hospitals in the north that you can apply to:
Or try the clinics of the health funds (kupot cholim): Meuchedet, Maccabi, Clalit or Leumit.
If you're job hunting in the medical field, visit the Ministry of Health website (in English):www.health.gov.il/english/ for more information about working in Israel.
4. Multi Level Marketing (MLM)
Some people get this confused with pyramid selling but there's a subtle but very important difference. First of all, there must be a product - and it's up to you check it out and only sell it if you feel it's a quality product. You can't sell something you don't believe in. Don't sign up for anything until you've checked it out. Ask around - find people who have used the products, ask if they were satisfied with them - and try them out for yourself. Get in touch with someone who sells them or has sold them in the past to find out what's involved.
If you don't have experience in marketing, the good thing about MLM is that you usually get good sales support. There should be seminars, workshops and people available to answer questions. Why is it called multi level marketing? Because you can "recruit" other people who want to sell the products and then get a percentage of their sales, too. Do it part-time to earn some extra income by selling to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, or do it as a full-time job. The more time and energy you invest in it, the better the results.
Are you are a cosmetician, hairdresser, masseuse or wellness therapist? Aim your job hunting at the hotels and spas dotted around the Galilee. Or if you want to be independent but are worried about the cost of overheads, all you need is a spare room in your house or apartment which you can convert into a salon or clinic.
Working from home is becoming more and more of a trend worldwide and whether you're a student, a young mum, a retiree or just someone who likes to make their own schedule, there are many options open to you. Here are just some suggestions for how you can make money on the web. And the great thing about it is that it makes no difference where you live!
Infopublishing is all about turning your passion into an e-business. Whatever your skills or hobbies, everyone is knowledgeable about something and if you've got the time and the motivation, you can become an infopreneur and make money by sharing your knowledge with others.
There are plenty of get-rich-quick scams out there so be careful! Building an e-business - like any offline business - takes a lot of time and effort. Stay away from anyone who tells you it doesn't. The rule of thumb is: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
I checked out my webhost very carefully before I started building my website. Being on the cautious side, I think the thing that sold me was their money-back guarantee. If it doesn't work out you can stop at any time - no fines and no strings attached. I'm taking it slowly, balancing building my e-business with a full-time job but the more I learn about the process, the more I understand the enormous potential for earning money. It's hard work but I write about the things I love so I'm enjoying every minute!
2. Marketing Hard Goods
Have you got a product (or products) that you want to sell? You can increase your sales enormously by building a website - gone are the days when you have to rely on passing trade or wait for your reputation to spread by word-of-mouth. A website is your gateway to the global market and there are no limits to the people and places you can reach without even getting on a plane!
You can also sell hard goods on eBay. I personally have never tried it but I know people who have started thriving businesses by buying and selling on eBay. Don't know enough about it? Just google: selling on eBay and you'll find everything you need to get started.
3. Write and Sell Your Own E-book
Working for a pubisher, I would be the last person to say that books are a thing of the past. But let's face it - it's so much easier to publish your own e-book on the web. How many frustrated writers out there are dying to see their work in print! In the offline world, you first have to find a publisher who will agree to publish your book. If you're lucky enough (or rich enough) to get your book printed, you may have to sign away all your rights ... and what about marketing?
If you've got good writing skills, publishing an e-book on the web is easy and inexpenive. Sell it on your own website or on other websites that have a similar theme. Your market is unlimited - the sky's the limit!
I'm always on the lookout for really good new resources so, if you've got an e-book that might be interesting to other visitors, please contact me. I would love to hear about it!
If you're a writer, artist, translator, technical writer, editor or proofreader all you need is a computer, the right software, a printer/fax/scanner and you're all set! It might take a while to build up your client base but if you're good and keep at it, your business will grow. Give the best service you can - if you believe in yourself, others will too!
Be proactive in your job hunting - contact potential clients and let them know about your services. Build a website, make use of social networking like Facebook and Twitter and network with other freelancers to get ideas and job leads.
Lastly, here are three excellent programs that can help you with your job hunting in the north of Israel, or even with opening your own business ...
1. GoNorth NBN
This is a program run by Nefesh B'Nefesh (NBN) to encourage immigration to the north of the country. As part of their services to the new immigrant, they have employment professionals who will help you with job hunting or direct you to courses and seminars and there's a wealth of information on the NBN website. If you're not a new immigrant, you can still find a lot of good information here for Anglos.
Click here for the GoNorth NBN employment page.
If you're an entrepreneur and want to open a small or medium business, MATI offers professional advice and courses and even loans with special terms to help you on your way. They have several offices throughout the country. If you live in the north, you can contact their Haifa office. Phone: 04-8531439 or 1-800-33-44-77.
3. Ma'averim-Galil Mizrachi
This is an organisation for Hebrew-speakers who are moving to (or have already moved to) one of the areas in the north covered by regional councils: Mevo'ot Hermon and Merom Hagalil. It offers help with CVs, preparation for job interviews, help with job hunting or professional advice about changing your career or setting up a small or medium business.
Phone: 04-6818036 (Mevo'ot Hermon office) or 04-6989350 (Marom Hagalil office).
So, these are my suggestions for job hunting - but there are many more. What suits you? What doesn't, and why? I hope I've given you some food for thought ...
Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments about job hunting in the Galilee. I would love to hear from you!
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